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A SPECIAL SECTION OF
THE ESSEX REPORTER
AND
THE COLCHESTER SUN
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Veterans Day 2014
The Essex Reporter & The Colchester Sun
To those who serve and
those who served —
you are all heros and
we thank you.
141-147 Pearl St.
Essex Junction
802-879-1966
We open at 6:59 a.m.
No appointment needed
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VETERANS DAY
EVENTS AND
CELEBRATIONS
NOVEMBER 2014
NOV 6
NOV. 11
FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL OPEN
VETERANS DAY CAREER FAIR
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
Holiday Inn, Burlington
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Five Corners Essex Junction
11 a.m.
Camp Johnson
Colchester
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The first two hours of the fair will be open
exclusively to our Vermont Veterans, allowing
them to experience firsthand the “Welcome
Home” commitment of Vermont employer
community. Contact: POC Lloyd Goodrow,
VDOL, Veterans Employer Representative
652-0339 or [email protected]
The VFW of Essex Junction will hold a
ceremony to honor Veterans at Five Corners in
Essex Junction.
The Fallen Heroes Memorial and Vermont
Veterans Museum will be open for visitors at
Camp Johnson.
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
NOV. 12
NOV 10
VETERANS DISCUSSION
Community College of Vermont
Winooski
7-9 p.m.
Combat veterans share stories from World War
II to the present. Room 108. Free. Contact:
654-0509
Military Cemetery, Camp Johnson
Colchester
11 a.m.
The American Legion Post 91 is holding a
ceremony at the Military Cemetery across from
Camp Johnson. There will be a guest speaker
and taps will be played.
VETERANS DAY PROGRAM
Thomas Fleming School
Essex Junction
2-3 p.m.
Fleming’s annual Veterans Day Program
invites parents, community members and most
especially veterans, to come honor all those
who have served in the United States Armed
Forces.
YOGA FOR VETERANS
The Innovation Center of Vermont
128 Lakeside Avenue
Burlington
Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. through Nov. 19
Suzanne Boyd draws on specialized training
when teaching poses developed to reduce
stress, anxiety and depression. Preregister for
free. Contact: 578-8887.
PHOTO: Joseph Mongeon of American Legion Post 91 in
Colchester plays taps during a Veterans Day ceremony at
Fort Ethan Allen Cemetery.
OLIVER PARINI PHOTOGRAPHY
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GROWING VA MARKS
ONE YEAR IN NEW SPACE
More services offered;
more doctors needed
By JASON STARR
The Essex Reporter & The Colchester Sun
T
he Veterans Affairs office
in Burlington is growing
into its new space one year
after moving from Fort Ethan
Allen in Colchester.
The Lakeside Avenue clinic
is nearly double the size of the
offices the VA left behind at the
Fort last fall. And with more
space have come more staff and
services for veterans.
“Nationally, the VA is growing
everywhere because we’ve had two
wars in the last decade and a half,
so there are more vets looking for
care,” explained John Cohen, the
medical director at the Lakeside
Avenue clinic.
The VA has also become more
proactive about encouraging
veterans to take advantage of the
care it offers. The Lakeside clinic
covers Chittenden, Franklin and
Grand Isle counties — the most
populated areas of Vermont in
general, and where the highest
number of Vermont veterans
reside. To illustrate the growth
the VA has experienced, Clinic
Manager Cindy Ash said the
clinic had 12 employees when
it moved into Fort Ethan Allen
in 2000. Fourteen years later, it
employs 55 people.
While the Burlington location
may be harder to access than the
Fort Ethan Allen spot for people
coming in from out of town, the
new services have made the move
a net positive for veterans. The
space has allowed staff to initiate
alternative
medicine, pain
management
and holistic
healing approaches
it didn’t have room for
at the Fort.
Acupuncture, dietary
counseling and meditation have
begun in the last year, Cohen
said, and a new physical therapy
program is slated to start this
fall. Yoga, which began at the
Fort location, has moved into a
nicer studio at the Burlington
clinic. The increased emphasis on
holistic health has been spurred
by the director of the White River
Junction VA clinic, Deborah
Amdur, who in two years on the
job has set the clinic on a path to
becoming a “center for excellence”
on the treatment of pain,
according to Cohen.
In October, Vermont Sen.
Bernie Sanders hosted U.S.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert
McDonald on a tour of the
University of Vermont Medical
– See VA on page 6
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MANSFIELD PLACE WANTS
You!
Patriotism has its rewards! That’s why Mansfield Place – a premier Assisted Living and Memory
Care community - now open in Essex – WANTS YOU to take advantage of your well-deserved
veteran status today!
If you’re a veteran, or the widow of a veteran of World War II, Korean, Gulf or Vietnam War,
did you know Veteran Benefits may be available through the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs
and may help pay the monthly service fee at Mansfield Place?
Mansfield Place introduces a neighborhood concept where independent lifestyles benefit from
individualized, professional support for residents’ and their families’ peace of mind. With welldesigned apartments, chef-prepared meals, 24-hour care, medication management,
transportation and a robust schedule of activities, residents thrive.
Please contact Cathy Williams today at (802) 871-5808 or [email protected]
to schedule a visit or learn more.
18 Carmichael Street | Essex Junction, VT 05452
(802) 871-5808 | www.MansfieldPlaceVT.com
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“Nationally, the VA is
LOCAL
SERVICE
PROVIDER
T
here are many resources
available for Veterans at the
Burlington based Veterans
Affairs clinic. The VA Community
Based Outpatient Clinic, located
at 128 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 260
in Burlington, assists a growing
number of local veterans. The office
is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. with evening appointments
available on Wednesdays.
SERVICES
• Primary Care
• Mental Health
• Ophthalmology
• Audiology
• Cardiology
• Physical Therapy
• Laboratory Tests
• Preventive services such as annual
flu and pneumonia shots
• Electrocardiograms (EKG)
• X-rays
• Medications
• Vocational Counseling
• TeleHealth services
• Social Work Services
• Home Based Primary Care
• Women’s Health services
• Registered Dietician
growing everywhere
because we’ve had two wars
in the last decade and a half,
so there are more vets
looking for care.”
ADVANTAGES
• Veterans will have one primary
care doctor to coordinate care on
an ongoing basis.
Dr. John Cohen
Burlington VA medical director
• Veterans can receive primary
medical care closer to home and
don’t have to travel to the White
River Junction VAM&ROC.
•  Veterans will still be eligible for
specialty outpatient care, inpatient
care and all other entitlements
through the White River Junction
VAM&ROC.
PARKING
Patients needing a wheel chair
or other such assistance can use
the phone in the north entrance
lobbyВ to call the front desk for
transport assistance into the clinic
and a health aid will meet you
there.
The main parking lot is located
on the north side of the building.
When you enter the north entrance
you will need to walk through the
ground floor of the building to get
to the VA elevator located on the
south side of the building. There is
additional handicap parking on the
west side of the building, which will
be closer to the VA elevator. The VA
elevator will take you directly to the
clinic on the second floor.
• Clinical Pharmacist
For more information, visit www.whiteriver.va.gov/locations/colchester.asp
Contact the Burlington VA offices: 657-7000.В VA
from page 4
Center —
В­ the hospital formerly known
as Fletcher Allen Health Care — to
raise awareness about VA services
and to help recruit new doctors to
the fill the VA’s growing needs. The
visit followed the authorization of $5
billion in federal funding to help the
VA recruit health care providers.
Cohen said the Burlington VA
expects to hire a new doctor before
year’s end.
“We need more doctors and we
need more nurses,” Sanders said in a
press release after McDonald’s Oct. 13
visit to Burlington. “We put $5 billion
in place to make sure we can attract
some of the best and brightest to serve
our veterans.”
McDonald told the UVM medical
students: “We need your help … to
serve our nation’s heroes. Doctors
at our medical centers tell me that
there’s no better patient. We need
to provide veterans with the highquality care they have earned through
their service.”
The new federal funding
improved a debt repayment program
for medical education, and could
increase salaries for VA medical
professionals.
After the meeting at UVM,
Sanders and McDonald headed
to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical
Center in Lebanon, N.H., to make the
case there for doctors to enter careers
in the veterans health care system.
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Rehabilitation would like to
take time this Veterans Day to
remember and thank those
Veterans near and far for their
service and remind everyone to
renew our national promise to
fulfill our sacred obligations to
our Veterans and their families
who have sacrificed so much by
defending our country and
protecting our freedoms.
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DAR awards highest
honor to Vermont
National Guard Officer
A
t its 115th State Conference in Montpelier, the Vermont
Daughters of the American Revolution bestowed its
organization’s highest award, the National DAR Medal
of Honor on Captain Zachariah Fike of Georgia, Vt. The award
recognizes outstanding leadership, trustworthiness, service and
patriotism.
Past recipients have included broadcaster Tom Brokaw, former New
York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator Bob Dole, and Supreme
Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Zachariah Fike’s life and work
is an inspiring example of the unusual and lasting contribution to
American heritage required to earn this honor.
Over the last 15 years, Captain Fike has served as an Enlisted man
and Officer. He is currently serving as an Active Guard Reserve
(AGR) Officer and as the Operations Officer for Headquarters
and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment
(Mountain), which is a Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target
Acquisition (RSTA) unit in St. Albans, which is part of the Vermont
Army National Guard.
While you are with your family,
they are far from home.
Today, remember our soldiers and the sacrifices
they are making for our great country.
Fike’s service to country carried over into his private life when he
started a nonprofit foundation called Purple Hearts Reunite, which
locates lost or stolen U.S. Military Medals and returns them to the
veteran who earned them or their families in order to honor their
sacrifice to the nation. Fike donates a considerable amount of his
personal time and finances to researching and locating the original
recipient or family and conducts a “Return Ceremony” to reunite
the veteran or family with the medal. To date, he has conducted over
65 returns and is currently working on over 200 medals that need a
home. He also takes time to enroll these heroes into the Purple Heart
Hall of Honor and has personally enrolled over 600 recipients. Since
starting this project, Fike has personally dedicated over 2,000 hours
and a significant amount of his personal finances toward this effort.
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Captain Fike has served Combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
For his Service, Zac has been awarded two Bronze Stars, the Purple
Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, eight Army Commendation
Medals, seven Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct
Medal, five Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals, National
Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service
Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War
on Terrorism Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Armed Forces
Reserve Medal with 10 Year Device, Army Service Ribbon, Army
Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO ISAF Medal, Combat Infantry
Badge, Combat Action Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and Military
Mountaineer Badge.
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DAR
from page 8
As an Active Duty Officer,
Fike works during the day and
then returns home for family
chores before dedicating two
to three hours each night to
researching each medal and
searching for their owners
or families. On weekends,
he scours local antique/flea
markets and pawn shops in
order to rescue lost or stolen
medals. He also sacrifices his
weekends and often takes
military leave to conduct the
medal return ceremonies,
which are conducted
throughout America. The
South Burlington-based DAR
Green Mountain Chapter was
in attendance, along with their
invited guest, Veteran Paul
Mayer of South Burlington.
National DAR Vice-President General,
Diane Kreis, left, Captain Zachariah Fike,
center, and Vermont DAR State Regent,
Elizabeth Bicknell, right, stand together
after bestowing the National DAR Medal
of Honor on Captain Fike, of Georgia, Vt.
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The Town
of Essex
appreciates
the sacrifices
made by
veterans and
their families
Colchester Veteran
retires from 20 years
of service
L
t. Col. Richard C. Derby retired from the United States Air
Force 1 in August 2014 after a 20-year career. Lt. Col. Derby
served in the Air Force as a Family Medicine Physician and
Faculty member for several Air Force Family Medicine Residency
programs. His duty assignments included Scott AFB. IL, Andrew’s
AFB, MD, RAF Croughton, England, Travis AFB, CA, Sheppard AFB,
TX, and two deployment tours to Afghanistan.
Dr. Derby is the son of Catherine L. Derby and the late Roger C.
Derby, LtCol (ret) of Colchester. He is married to Wendy Brisson
Derby, the daughter of John and Nancy Brisson, of Burlington.
Richard and Wendy are the parents of two sons, Andrew and Riley.
Dr. Derby is now a Family Medicine/Sports Medicine Physician with
the Hospital Sister’s Health Systems Medical Group. His practice
is located in Fairview Heights, Ill. Dr. Derby is a graduate of The
University of Vermont School of Medicine of Burlington, St. Michael’s
College, and Colchester High School.
The Town of Essex
81 Main Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452
878-1341
www.essex.org
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Family Dollar values
By JOE CARDELLO
The Essex Reporter & The Colchester Sun
F
rom January 1989 to September 2009 Essex Junction resident Evan Lewis
served with the rank First Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy.
He was a storekeeper on the USS Ouellet for six years during the Gulf
Wars and served in Panama and Grenada.
In 1995 he moved to Fort Dix on the shore of New Jersey where he was
positioned for the next 13 years. His stint there was interrupted in 2006 when
he was sent to Bahrain to support the command in Iraq and again in 2008. His
basic duties on the ship were to move supplies to Iraq.
“I’ve never had to work as hard as I did when I was on the ship,” recalled Lewis.
As a Navy Cargo Hand he was commissioned to load and unload planes
and ships, maintain and construct floating combat piers, and the main
duty during peacetime was to upkeep seven hospital fleet ships, which he
compared to fully operational 700-bed hospitals. According to Lewis there are
always four of these ships at sea and three on shore.
By 2009 he had retired from the military and decided to attend New England
College and received a four-year degree in Business Administrations in just
two years. The majority of his course load was in accounting; he also took
courses in advertising, public relations, economics and even an art course.
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Dollar in Plymouth, N.H. The branch
was projected to close and Lewis
was notified of a new Family Dollar
opening in Essex Junction. So he
packed his bags, headed to Vermont,
and settled in Essex Junction.
He says that business at the Essex
Junction location is phenomenal and
attributes the success to his military
experience.
“There is no better
training in the world
than the United States
Military, it’s infinitely
useful.”
“My military training helps me to keep
the store neat and clean. [The store] has
to be an affluent area with a high level of Evan Lewis, E-6 Navy Retired
quality and upkeep.
“There is no better training in the
world than the United States Military,
it’s infinitely useful.”
Most recently Lewis was sent to
Binghamton, N.Y. for a 90-day training
where his main duty was to fix problem
areas with stores in that district. He
was beaming when he mentioned
that a future promotion to a training
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eing a student-veteran can be a different experience than a
traditional college route. For St. Michael’s College senior,
Josh Millner, this is just the case. Millner is a 30-year-old
college student from Little Rock, Ark., who served for six-years in
different parts of the country. He served as a Navy Corpsman — a
medic for the Navy and Marine Corps.
Millner enlisted
10 years ago. He
went through
basic training,
including boot
camps and corps
school, in Great
Lakes, Ill.
In the winter of
2005, Millner was
stationed at the
Marine Corps
Base Camp in
Josh Millner, center, stands with fellow Navy
Pendleton, Calif.
Corpsmen. Millner is finishing his senior year at St.
There he studied
Michael’s College after six years of service.
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at Field Medical
Service School and
learned about front-line warfare and medical procedures such
as emergency tracheotomy, tension pneumothorax as well as
psychological issues like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The next fall he studied 30 miles north at Medical Laboratory
Technical School in Balboa, Calif., where he learned about
the laboratory departments for a front line medic. Some of
the departments included hematology, chemistry, histology,
pathology, urine analysis, microbiology and blood banking.
Millner spent his last three years of active service, September
2007-July 2010, in Bremerton, Wyo. at the Naval Hospital. During
his second year there he was assigned to the United States Naval
Ship (USNS) for four months where Miller, along with his team,
made stops in Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore,
–See SERVICE on page 13
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“The truth is I didn’t
choose for my country
to go to war, I chose to
support my country in
whatever decisions the
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SERVICE
from page 12
East Timor, Australia and The
Federal States of Micronesia.
Their duty was to medically treat
any and all patients that boarded
the ship.
THANK YOU VETERANS
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So what brought Millner to
Vermont?
“I got out in July 2010, but got
married in December 2009,”
Millner said. “Once I was
leaders have made.
completely out, I went back home
to Arkansas to start my life. My
wife was finishing up medical
Josh Millner school. I worked for two years as a
traveling laboratory technician in
Rawlings, Wyo. and Brunswick, Maine, and on the Gulf Oil Spill, while
my wife was in Little Rock finishing medical school. Once she graduated
she was assigned residency here in Burlington.”
When Millner knew his wife would be working in Burlington, he started
to apply to nearby colleges and universities. Millner said that the Yellow
Ribbon program was the driving force behind his choice to come to St.
Mike’s.
“The Yellow Ribbon is a federal program that fulfills my financial needs,”
Millner said. “It was the logical choice.”
Being 30 and an undergrad can be difficult at times according to
Millner, but coming back to school and getting a diploma is something
the Vet is determined to do.
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“I’d say it is very difficult,” said Millner. “For a better part of my adult
life, I had been trained to learn and act a certain way. [When I got back]
to the civilian side and going to college I had been out of school for over
10 years. I was missing basic things that people remembered from high
school.
“The residents are so
proud of Wake Robin,
and it makes me proud
to be a part of it too.”
“I don’t know if I’m �behind’ other students. I am on the same
graduation path, just 10 years later,” Millner said. Millner expects to
graduate after four years at St. Michael’s College in the spring of 2015.
In the classroom, Millner admits it can be troubling when other students
question the United States’ involvement in war.
“It at times has been unnerving hearing from a liberal-arts-school
student that war is wrong and we shouldn’t be fighting this or that,”
said Millner. “The truth is I didn’t choose for my country to go to war,
I chose to support my country in whatever decisions the leaders have
made.
“I share that same mentality with St. Mike’s [as an institution]. I don’t
choose what the administration [here] does, I only choose to support
[my school] in ways that I feel I can help or make a difference.”
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Thank you for
your service and
sacrifice.
COME SEE US AT:
145 JERICHO RD., RT. 15
ESSEX CENTER
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Did you know?
The origins of Veterans Day can be traced to the ending of
World War I nearly a century ago. Known at the time as
“The Great War,” World War I officially ended on June 28,
1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in France.
But the fighting had actually ended seven months earlier
when an armistice between the Allies and Germany went
into effect on Nov. 11, 1918. The following November
United States President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11
“Armistice Day” in honor of the cessation of the hostilities,
and the day became a federal holiday in 1938. That act was
amended in 1954 after veterans service organizations, in
recognition of the efforts of soldiers who fought in World
War II, asked that the day be renamed “Veterans Day” so
it honored all soldiers and not just those who fought in
World War I.
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Volunteers Needed
The Essex Parade Committee Inc.,
is in the early stages of planning the
2015 Essex Memorial Day Parade.
We would like to invite you to assist
as a volunteer to help with the planning of this great community event.
participating last year. The parade
will take place on Saturday, May 23,
2015; line up starts at 8:00 a.m. and
step off is at 10:00 a.m. from the
Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex
Junction.
We value your participation and
would appreciate your assistance.
The Essex Memorial Day parade is
Please join us at the next committee
one of the largest in Vermont with
over 135 Groups within ten Divisions meeting.
Meetings
VFW Post 6689
Pearl Street, Essex Junction
January 12, February 9,
March 9, April 13
Weekly on Mondays in
the month of May.
Thanks for your help with this
event to honor our veterans past
and present!
Contact:
Ed Von Sitas
355-5276
The staff of
The Essex Reporter and
The Colchester Sun
thank our veterans
for their service
to our country.
November 11, 2014
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Veteran support services
A
re you a Veteran looking for support? Here’s
a sampling of services offered in Vermont
for Veterans and their families:В Supportive Services for Veteran Families:
VA funded program providing services
to veteran families who are homeless or
in danger of losing secure housing. 6563232;В [email protected];В www.
vermontveteranservices.orgВ Jail Diversion/Trauma Recovery:В HSMHSA
funded program that identifies vets who are
engaged with criminal justice system who have
trauma such as PTSD and TBI and other forms of
trauma. 656-3232; [email protected]
org; www.vermontveteranservices.orgВ Friends of Veterans:В a privately funded
program provides Veterans of Vermont and New
Hampshire with financial assistance. 296-8368В VA Outpatient Clinic, Burlington:В Primary
care, counseling and related services for VAeligible military vets. 657-7000
VT Veterans Center, South Burlington:В Group
and individual counseling for military vets
from any era. Must be a Vet, and be in need of
counseling because of military experience. 8621806В VT Dept. of Labor Veterans Employment
Support, Burlington:В Help military veterans
access employment training and support. Must
be a Veteran in need of employment. 652-0338;
652-0339
VTВ Office of Veterans Affairs:В Helps veterans
access service records, benefits, emergency aid
and casualty assistance. Must be a Veteran or a
family member of a Veteran looking for resources
for Vets. 1-888-666-9844;В www.va.state.vt.usВ Military One Source:В 1-stop info and referral for
all military service members and their families.
Must be a military service member. Active duty
only. 1-800-342-9647
VT Veterans & Family Outreach Team,
Williston:В Confidential outreach, info & access
to veterans benefits & services. Vets and family
members only. Access to military and civilian
services; informal screening for brain injury and
trauma symptoms. 879-1385
Vermont Vet-to-Vet:В Confidential peer support
groups and individual support for military
veterans coping with substance abuse and mental
health conditions. Veterans only. 1-877-4854534;В www.vtvettovet.org
American Legion: 296-5166В Veterans of Foreign Wars: 296-5166В Disabled American Veterans: 296-5167В Vietnam Veterans of America: 447-0407В Military Order of the Purple Heart: 868-4488В Vermont National Guard
Family Support: 607-8773В VT Outreach Hotline.
Inquiry or crisis 24/7. (888) 607-8773
VT Veterans Administration: (866) 687-8387
VT Veterans Affairs: (888) 666-9844
National Suicide Hotline: (800) 273-8255
WE SALUTE
THOSE WHO SERVED
OUR COUNTRY
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MOMENTS OF CHARACTER
You always do what’s right, no matter what.
THAT’S DISCIPLINE
You stay true to yourself, your family,
and your community.
THAT’S DEDICATION
You always stand your ground in the
face of danger and adversity.
THAT’S DETERMINATION
And you want to go to college, serve
your community, and get paid to do it!
THAT’S THE
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